Hurricane Ike Leads to Declaration of Emergency in Arkansas

Ike, via Flash Earth

Ike, via Flash Earth

The wide-ranging effects of Hurricane Ike are already being in felt in Arkansas, where Gov. Beebe has had to declared a state of emergency, as gasoline supplies to Arkansas are temporarily cut off. Beebe and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel also warn against price gouging:

Some pipelines that route gasoline to fuel wholesalers and gas stations in Arkansas have been shut down until Ike is no longer a threat to the Gulf Coast, according to a news release from the governor’s office. As a result, some temporary increases in gas prices are expected during the next few days.

However, Attorney General McDaniel has vowed to go after anyone who tries to profit illicitly from the situation through price gouging. Beebe fully supports McDaniel’s efforts, and made the declaration to help the attorney general’s office pursue anyone who participates in gouging of any sort.

“We have dealt with emergencies before when severe weather has impacted fuel prices in Arkansas and throughout the region,” Beebe said. “This situation is unique with the interruption of pipeline service, and we want to do everything we can to make sure that any price gouging that results can be dealt with swiftly and strongly by the attorney general.”

More here.

Meanwhile, believe it or not, oil prices are down. Today, oil fell below the $100 per barrel mark for first time in five months. This, as Ike as the market fears for the welfare of those Texas refineries.

Everyone hang on. It’s going to be a long weekend.

(Image via Flash Earth)


Webcam of Galveston, Texas. (Thanks Doug!)


3 Responses

  1. hi

  2. Best of luck surviving the storm. As a former flood victim myself, I know first-hand how painful and disruptive this is.

  3. This gives the oil company’s another excuse to run up the price and fleece Americans.


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